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Resilience and stereotyping: the experiences of Native American elders

TitleResilience and stereotyping: the experiences of Native American elders
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsGrandbois, DM, Sanders, GF
JournalJ Transcult NursJ Transcult Nurs
Volume23
Pagination389-96
Date PublishedOct
ISBN Number1552-7832 (Electronic)<br/>1043-6596 (Linking)
Accession Number22786944
KeywordsAdaptation, Psychological, Age Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and Over, Cultural Diversity, Educational Status, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Indians, North American/ psychology, Interview, Psychological, Male, Mental Health, Pilot Projects, Qualitative Research, Social Discrimination/ psychology, Social Perception, Stereotyping, Stress, Psychological, United States
AbstractPURPOSE: The lived experiences of Native American elders regarding the effects of stereotypes on resilience were examined. METHOD: This qualitative study emphasized culturally compatible methods of traditional storytelling and featured interpretive analysis. RESULTS: Themes revealed were the following: (a) having the ability to successfully bridge cultures fostered resilience and inspired self-confidence, (b) a strong sense of identity was a core element of resilience, (c) being responsible and accountable inspired a sense of pride, (d) educational attainment and employment fostered resilience, and (e) cultural resilience was a key component when confronting stereotypes. Although stereotyping has had profound effects, these first Americans have taken the best of both worlds and successfully integrated them to live successful, well-adjusted lives. DISCUSSION: These findings suggest that disparities in mental and physical health could be addressed by building on the unique foundation of cultural resilience embodied by these Native elders.
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